Southern Railroad Crew, circa 1909

guy wade on railroadThis photograph was sent to us from the Wade Family of Charlottesville and shows a group of railroad workers near the Southern Railroad Station on West Main. Charlottesville has a rich railroad history with two lines (The C&O and the Southern) intersecting here and two large railroad yards, much larger than is apparent today.  The young boy seen at the front left in this photo is Guy Wade, a water boy at the time who would go on to work for Southern Railroad as an adult.

getStaticImage-8This is the Southern Railroad station as seen from West Main Street around the time that young Guy Wade worked for the railroad.

House near Queen Charlotte HotelThe job as a water boy was convenient for the young boy since his family lived across West Main Street in the house seen in the center of this photograph.

getStaticImage-5This photo shows a Southern locomotive in front of the station with West Main Street in the background. Along West Main Street you can see various buildings of the era including the Queen Charlotte Hotel to the right and Emanuel Lutheran Church to the far left.

DSC_1306The railroad depot building still exists, serving as an Amtrak station and also housing a restaurant.

C’ville Images is always looking to add to our collection with digital versions of photographs from Charlottesville families and businesses.  If you have anything you’d like to share, please contact us.  We can scan and return the original to you or happily accept your digital version by email or other means.  Thanks to the Wade family and all of you who continue to share your photographs, adding to our extensive collection of C’ville images.

Top photograph courtesy the Wade Family. Second, third and fourth photos by Rufus Holsinger, Special Collections, UVA Library. Color photo by Steve Trumbull.

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